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The Day of the Locust Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Accurately captures the intent of West's dark masterpiece.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

May 8, 2012
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

John (Midnight Cowboy) Schlesinger's version of Nathanael Hawthorne's powerful novel about Hollywood and its dreamers and losers in the 1930s is not always effective, but it's ambitious, daring, and very well acted.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

January 2, 2011
Variety Staff
Variety
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Magnificent production, combined with excellent casting and direction, make The Day of the Locust as fine a film (in a professional sense) as the basic material lets it be.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 12, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The narrative is often confused and confusing.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

The casting choices are brilliant but the production is let down by a haphazard screenplay that misses the novel's point, and weak direction.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 67/100

March 27, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Schlesinger has conceived his film as an epic, which was a daring thing to do with such slender material.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2004
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Much has been made of the climactic riot scene, which may have seemed novel when Nathanael West first wrote it back in the '30s, but it's just plain goofy when viewed today

| Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Blistering film version of the novel. One of Schlesinger's best works.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 24, 2003

Film4

A fascinating, if flawed, example of the film industry turning the lights on itself and finding nothing there but darkness.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A painfully misconceived reduction and simplification.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 4/5

June 17, 2005
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2004
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

January 9, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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May 9, 2005
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